newsletter 12th August 2018

Newsletter 12th August 2018.

Today is the Nineteenth Sunday of the Church’s year.

A reminder that Wednesday if the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a holy day of obligation and Masses in the Church are at 7.30 and 10am and 6.30pm.

Tuesday is the feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe.  His statue is included with saints of the 20th Century above the entrance to Westminster Abbey.

There is a funeral Mass for Maureen Lee at 11.30am on Friday.

I am pleased to say that we now have a date for Confirmations – Sunday, 23rd June 2019 at the 11am Mass. Inscription forms are now available. Classes will start after the summer holiday.

Mid-summer so not too busy week ahead and I should be able to continue with some more work in the garden.  One of the tasks is to mix the chemicals for the pool. I have added a new “sparkler” which helps to collect the particles of dust and ensure that they are removed with the filter pump.

Next week work should begin in on fitting the new boiler to the Church. I will let you know if there are any restrictions on access through the garden. The reason for this is that we have to remove some of the old asbestos insulation.

With plenty of sun and careful watering my herbs are doing well this year.  With a bit of luck the pot of basil will develop. It is well protected from attacks from the birds and other animals. Have you noted the new golden rose?  Also an attempt at tomatoes this year – again I hope that they will survive.

This prayer was written by King Henry VI:

Lord Jesus Christ, you have made me and redeemed me and brought me to where I am upon my way: you know what you would do with me: do with me according to your will.

A summer poem:

If no one ever marries me-

And I don’t see why they should,

For nurse says I’m not pretty

And I seldom very good-

If no one every marries me

I shan’t mind very much;

I shall buy a squirrel in a cage,

And a little rabbit hutch.

The Mercedes Citaro bus has been very successful and has be sold in many countries. Those operating on route 108 were delivered in 2009 and if you look at the dashboard when you will board, you will see that they have extensive mileages – well over 400,000.  Usually they are very reliable but the other day MEC32 had broken down on the heath. It is now back in service so the problems cannot have been too serious.

Peter the Venerable was Abbot of Cluny. Austere in his own life, he was able to welcome Abelard, who had been condemned by the Council of Sens to spend his final days in the great Abbey. When he died, Peter wrote to Heloise – by his coming he enriched us with a wealth beyond gold. This was a shout of defiance of defiance against Bernard and his heresy hunters. It is suggested that Bernard with his campaigns and crusades was one of the most disastrous figures in the twelfth century.

Not too long now before the exam results appear: the dreadful moment when you hardly date open the envelope to discover your GCSE grades – or the A levels to see if you have the necessary grades for University.  It seems to me that it used to be much easier in the distant past. I am sure that you have all done well.

Best wishes to you all

Monsignor Nicholas Rothon



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